Our Redemption by Christ’s Sacrifice

Jesus is the physical manifestation of God – Emmanuel who came to dwell among us. He died a horrendous crucifixion to free us from the bondage to Satan and sin. Once we believe in Him and invite His presence into our life, we experience amazing opportunities.

 

This redemption by His blood includes our sins from the past, present and future (Ephesians 1:7). The riches of His grace provides us with a faith and membership into His family and His Kingdom that cannot be shaken (Romans 7:15-17). We worship Him with reverence and awe for all He has done, is doing and will do for us in the future (Hebrews 12:28).

 

Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy our life; but we have no reason to fear Him, because Jesus in us is greater than Satan, our flesh and the world (John 10:10). If we pray about everything, we have no need to suffer from anxiety or any other negative emotion (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

God never leaves or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). If we go through a “dry” spell, or God seems silent, He did not leave us; we left Him. Our focus wandered from our first love and is centered more on our self, our goals, or some sin that easily sidetracked us (Hebrews 12:1).

 

God created the universe with certain indisputable laws that keep everything flowing in a smooth pattern and standard. It is only when human beings break His laws that we suffer the consequences.

 

If we live in total surrender to Him, God guards our thoughts and emotions and gives us His wisdom for our decisions (Philippians 4:6-7). He provides for all of our needs and blesses us and our posterity, as we continually walk in His will and ways (Psalm 37:5).

 

God gives us eternal life in His Son; and when we focus on Jesus, we have abundant life now and for eternity (1 John 5:11-13). If Jesus is the center of our universe our life follows His structured orbit, and we are aligned with the Son in perfect harmony.

 

He leads us in ways that often make no sense to us until we see the final outcome.  These unfamiliar paths call for faith as He guides us out of the darkest night into His light. He makes the rough places smooth and never, ever forsakes us (Isaiah 42:16; Psalm 37:5).

 

Prayer:

Father God, Your people listen to Your voice, because You intimately know us. You prove Your faithfulness to us, so that we can follow You by faith. You give us Your eternal life that starts the moment of our salvation. We shall never perish, because no one can ever snatch us out of Your hand (John 10:27-29).

 

You crucify our fleshly nature; and it is no longer us who are living our life, but Christ lives His life in and through us. We are Your bond servants and the temple of Your Holy Spirit. Use us to advance Your Kingdom on this earth as we mature spiritually by Your mercy and grace. We live by faith in Your Son who loves us and died for our eternal salvation (Galatians 2:20).

 

Thought for the Day:

God is not a genie in a bottle here to grant our wishes; instead, He wants us to honor Him as the Lord of our life, and to completely surrender our life to Him so that He can work out His will for our life as we trust in His goodness and love. – Romans 8:28

 

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A Good Marriage – Candid Sincerity

Living behind masks is a common mistake in today’s society. We emulate successful people and, in the process, abandon our true self – sticking him/her in a closet in the deep recesses of our soul.

 

We make the mistake of not realizing that eventually we will tire of the façade, which we build. Our true self will express our real thoughts and feelings, and we will make vital choices that negatively or positively affect every area of our life.

 

Initially, we are drawn to our mate by what we perceive as true.

When our mate’s façade begins to crack, we are disillusioned and maybe even dismayed by what we find inside their soul.

 

A closet drinker, drug addict, over-eater, work-a-holic, rage-a-holic, control freak, underachiever, couch potato, criticizer, bully, etc. may come creeping out, and we realize we were fooled. This is when our feelings get hurt, and the fighting begins in our marriage.

 

If we have a prophetic nature, we may tend to point out the characteristics of our spouse’s base nature. This hurts their feelings and they criticized and throw back all of our faults and imperfections at us. This only escalates the negative feelings between us.

 

Conversely, realizing what issues in our life that we need to work on is a good thing, and we can hold each other accountable. Additionally, mutually discovering our short-comings will stop the charade in our marriage and enable us to relax more and find more comfort in our relationship.

 

Counseling may help, because it is unbiased, professional input that will enable both of us to improve our idiosyncrasies, develop more character in each of us, and help us to live with God’s Agape love toward one another.

 

Therapy allows us to grow more intimate in our relationship, offer an example to others of a good, happy marriage; and have more light to shine into the dark world around us in order to bring others to Christ.

 

Prayer:

Father God, lead us to a counselor or make us sensitive to Your Holy Spirit, so that we will find help to adjust to and accept the negative character traits we see in one another. Also enable us to find freedom from our negative weaknesses. Seeking this advice together as a couple will help passion to arise and our daily routine will enjoy more understanding, variety, spice and pizzazz.

 

The fruit of Your Spirit will grow within each of us and meld us into one flesh in Christ, who abides within us. Encourage us to talk to other people who already live a passionate life, so that we can discover their tips and adjustment concepts, in order to acquire similar skills to produce for us a marriage that is fully alive and fulfilling. Please lead us to the books at the store that also include advice that You know will fit our marital needs at this time.

 

Thought for the Day:

An honest and unrestrictive relationship allows both of us to feel more loved by our mate, receive more affirmation for who we really are, diminish the pressure of hiding behind masks, and set us free to be human as God’s Spirit transforms us with the mind of Christ, including His spiritual fruit and divine nature.

– Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-23

 

 

Jesus is God

Jesus is not only God’s Son, but He is also part of the Trinity, the Godhead. He is the Word, who came in the flesh to save us from the penalty of our sins (John 1:1-14).

 

Jesus Himself said to His disciples, “If you know me, you know my Father; if you’ve seen me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:7-9). Yet, Jesus spent time alone conversing with our Father (Luke 6:12, 22:44).

 

This is a human conundrum, until we realize that we are created in the image of the Trinity. We are body, soul and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23), and we chat with our self too.

 

The all-powerful Jesus, who calmed the storm, created the universe, and died on Calvary’s tree, lives within us (Luke 8:24; Genesis 1:26; Colossians 1:27). He yokes up with us to help us through all the tribulation we will ever face (Matthew 11:28-30).

 

If we spend quality time with the Trinity in our prayer life, and gain the power, anointing, peace and joy which God offers to us, we can overcome every trial that comes our way (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

 

In fact, as we pray without ceasing, we realize that God cares about every moment of our life. He has a perfect plan for us in each one of them (Proverbs 3:5-6; Galatians 5:15 -25).

 

As we walk in the Spirit, He directs our steps, even to the point of what we should eat and drink (1 Corinthians 10:31). We abide in our quiet place within our spirit and experience all of life from this protected place.

 

Praise is the perfect companion to prayer. Showing gratitude to Almighty God for the personal blessings and miracles that He supplies to us each moment of every day is the least we can do for Him.

 

We do not need a world-class voice to offer our praises. Singing and making melody in our heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19) is all that He asks of us. God inhabits our praises (Psalm 22:3), and He even rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).

 

Prayer:

Father God, at times I cannot believe that You are so aware of each and every one of us that You account for the number of hair on everyone’s head (Luke 12:7). We can place our cares on Your shoulders, because You actually care for us all (1 Peter 5:7). You even took the form of a human in order to pay the penalty of our sins.

 

The Trinity is a mystery to the human mind, but we know that You are one God with three functions. We thank You so much for planning such an awesome universe in which we can live with You; for dying in our place as the Son, so that we may dwell with You for eternity; and for filling us as the Spirit and sanctifying us with Your fruit.

 

Thought for the Day:

The government is on Jesus’ shoulder; He is not only King and Lord, but He is also our Mighty God and our Everlasting Father

– Isaiah 9:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hearing God in the Stillness

Our intimacy with God includes His companionship, protection and provision. He hides us (Psalm 27:5, 32:7), supplies all of our needs, fills us with the fruit of His Spirit, and communicates with us on a personal level (John 14:21; Galatians 5:22).

 

Our Savior and King teaches, encourages, perfects and strengthens us as we abide in His presence every moment of our life (Psalm 92:12-14; John 15:4-5; 1 Corinthians 3:14-15).

 

This intimacy starts in our prayer room and moves into our spirit, where we dwell in our secret place all day long. This enables us to follow the leading of God’s Spirit in every issue and decision which we face each day (Proverbs 3:5-6; Matthew 6:6).

 

We surrender to God’s love and perfect will for every area of our life. We wait on Him in the stillness of our soul. What if our soul is in turmoil, hopelessness and despair?

 

We yield our anxiety, indecision, irritations, depression, anger and resentment to God’s faithful care (1 John 4:18); and in exchange, we receive His security, comfort, freedom and treasures.

 

God’s love is deeper, wider, higher and broader than any human emotions we could ever experience (Romans 8:35-39). His love demolishes every fear that we experience in this troubled world (1 John 4:18).

 

Regardless of the difficulties we face, they are merely light and momentary issues, because they are reaping for us God’s eternal glory, which greatly compensates for them all (2 Corinthians 4:17).

 

Prayer:

Father God, when we surrender our negative emotions to You, You teach us to take searching moral inventories of our soul, to journal our findings and to submit to Your grace as You sanctify us through Your Spirit. Thank You for setting us free from the bondage of sin, and helping us to walk in ever increasing stages of Your glory.

 

We are so grateful that You set us free from the lies which Satan uses to keep us in his bondage. You heal us in spirit, soul and body; You shed Your mercy on us with each new morning; You set us free by Your Son’s redemptive work on Calvary’s cross; and You bless us with Your everlasting love, peace and joy.

 

Thought for the Day:

When our faith in God is tested, we can take heart, because each trial is working patience in our life, is transforming our mind with the mind of Christ, and is perfecting our emotions through the fruit of the Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing from God

God anoints certain people to function in the prophetic ministry. Certainly, many preachers are blessed with this function; but also, other individuals are so in-tuned with God’s Spirit that they hear from God in a prophetic way.

 

Prophets never direct our life or behavior. God does not use them as our “daily horoscope” or compass to guide our steps. That is the Holy Spirit’s function in the life of each Believer (1 Corinthians 12:7).

 

Hearing God’s voice is a coveted aspect of our Christian walk. Prophetic “words” bring conviction, inspiration and counsel into our life. They confirm for us the direction which God is already speaking into our life.

 

Prophecy is intertwined with the word of knowledge and wisdom to bring us enlightenment, encouragement and a reprieve from anxiety about the future (1 Corinthians 14:3).

 

To hear from God, we first plug into His Spirit’s direction each moment of the day (Proverbs 3:5-6), and we live honorably and morally. We prove our love to God by obeying His commandments (John 14:15).

 

God calls His Saints to love mercy, to abide humbly in His presence, and to live ethically according to His Word, not according to worldly standards (Micah 6:8).

 

Prayer:

Father God, Your Word is our authentic source of authoritative prophetic words to us. Biblical verses are fluid, dynamic and personal to each one of us, although there is only one interpretation of each verse (). Remind us to drink at the well spring of Your Word each day and to depend upon Your Spirit to enable us to abide in Your will.

 

Remind us that unforgiveness creates static in our connection with You and keeps us from clearly hearing You when You speak to us. Help us to love those who despitefully use us. Thank You for giving us mature Christians in our church family, pastoral ministry and counsel, and verses from Your Holy Word to speak to us.

 

Thought for the Day:

Refusing to forgive those who abuse and persecute us will keep us in bondage to Satan’s lies and will prevent us from hearing God’s voice in our life.

 

Filling of God’s Spirit

God’s Spirit, dwelling within us, is our link to God the Father and Son. As our Comforter and Guide, He directs our steps as we submit to Him.

 

I cannot imagine the sadness and deprivation of living in Old Testament times, when the Holy Spirit did not indwell God’s people.

 

Just a few individuals had the privilege of God’s Spirit revealing God’s love, judgment and mercy to the world through them. The prophets were some of these blessed individuals.

 

Through God’s Spirit they told of future events that God planned for various people groups (1 Samuel 10:5-11). The greatest prophecies of all times foretold the birth of Jesus. God became flesh in the form of a man (John 1:14).

 

I have various sizes and forms of the Nativity in each room of my house. I leave them up all year long to remind me of the gratitude I feel toward Jesus’ for His ultimate sacrifice for my sins (John 14:9).

 

Jesus lived, died and rose again with us in mind. His death preceded the birth of the church on the day of Pentecost, when God gave His Body the indwelling of His Spirit.

 

His Body is the church and His future Bride. As a world-wide community of Believers, we fellowship around God’s Word and we walk by His Spirit (Galatians 5:15-25).

 

God commissions each and every one of us to share His Gospel, starting in our community and spreading to our state, country and the world (Acts 1:8).

 

We eagerly anticipate the rapture and second coming of Christ, when He rules and reigns in the new heaven and the new earth. Until then, we are all blessed with the filling of God’s Spirit, who makes our life sure and fulfilled.

 

By His Spirit, we hear God’s voice and enter an intimate relationship with out Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, which will last for eternity.

 

Prayer:

Father God, as we walk in Your Spirit, we hear the same revelation, cautions, inspiration and guidance that the prophets of old received from You. We have Your Spirit within us from the moment of our Salvation, and we grow more intimate with You each moment of the day.

 

We so look forward to eternity in Your presence as the Bride of and co-equal heirs with Jesus, our husband, brother and friend (John 15:15). We inherit Your Kingdom and we live to serve You for eternity. Thank You for loving us enough to die in our place and for giving us Your eternal life.

 

Thought for the Day:

We take baby steps in our walk in God’s Spirit as we get used to His voice within our spirit, and as we learn to obey His leadings, even when they make no human sense at all.

 

Total Trust in God

When we feel negative emotions, they are often enmeshed in Satan’s lies planted in us during times of negative experiences. We allow these lies to rule our life, because they affect our soul – our thoughts, emotions and choices.

 

God’s Truth sets us free from every negative thought and experience that we ever encounter in this sin-cursed world in which we live. Christ in us – the only real life, truth and way – protects us from internalizing the pain and conflict, which we experience.

 

Trusting in God guards us from the need to defend our self and the futile exercise of attempting to control life in order to try to prevent our self from experiencing the negative consequences of daily living (2 Thessalonians 3:16).

 

We no longer wrestle with debilitating emotions such as bitterness, anger and depression, which tie us up in knots and prevent us from experiencing the totality of freedom, which we can enjoy in our life in Christ (John 8:36).

 

When we are feeling fearful, abandoned, unloved, worried, stressed, anxious, helpless, powerless, hopeless or worthless, it is because of our lie-based beliefs and not because of our circumstances.

 

When we live in God’s peace and truth, they produce emotions such as: peace, joy, assurance, confidence and contentment. The peace of Christ rules in our heart and satisfies our soul (Colossians 3:15).

 

With Jesus as our Savior and Lord living within us, He brings with Him the wisdom of the ages and the spiritual revelation that make our life more fulfilled and successful (Ephesians 1:17-18).

 

Prayer:

Father God, we want to daily contemplate Your goodness, majesty, power, mercy, love, wisdom, justice and sovereignty. We are attempting to walk in a different dimension than unsaved humanity. Remind us that our values and purpose are centered on Your Kingdom and not on the issues and covetousness of this earth. We groan with all of creation in eagerly waiting for our manifestation as Your sons (Romans 8:19).

 

We look to You to supply us with the spiritual resources to perform supernatural feats, according to Your perfect will for us, as we interact in our daily activities with family, church, work and community. When the love we feel for our fellow mankind springs from our love for You and from You, it is more committed and unconditional; and it bears spiritual fruit.

 

Thought for the Day:

God’s truth fills us with His knowledge, His spiritual wisdom and His Heavenly understanding, which sets us free from the limitations of carnal living; this allows us to walk in a worthy manner which pleases Him in every way, and allows us to produce fruit in all of our thoughts, words and deeds. – Colossians 1:9